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What’s the story behind industrial waste?

April 24th, 2015

It may not come as a surprise to learn that industry is the top producer of waste in developed countries. There is a high amount of material rendered useless during manufacturing processes. Much of this could be reused or recycled, apart from hazardous waste, which requires proper disposal.


A large proportion of industrial waste is hazardous, because industrial processes often involve chemicals. Is your industry one of the highest producers of toxic waste? Look below to find out:


Waste created by building sites:

The construction industry, specifically building sites, is the UK’s largest user of natural resources and produces huge amounts of waste. Whether you’re a commercial builder working on a housing estate, or just having an extension on your kitchen, you should consider what you’re doing with leftover materials.


Every year on building sites:

  • 400 million tonnes of material is used
  • 100 million tonnes of waste is produced
  • 25 million tonnes of construction waste is disposed to landfill
  • 13% of construction products end in a skip as waste product without ever being used, with a market value of approximately £1.5 billion each year.


The amount of waste produced by building sites makes up more than one-third of the UK’s annual waste. This figure has gone up from 2008 when building sites created 109m tonnes of construction waste. AMA is dedicated to helping the environment and we recycle as much waste as possible.


These figures are for traditional waste, from site clearance, construction and road works. Here at AMA we wondered how the figures would change if we took into account the stereotypical builders diet of bacon rolls and a brew. We got in touch with an industry insider who gave us some figures.




That means the average builder creates 21.48kg of waste a year, not including any extra snack wrappings or newspapers they may throw away. It might not sound like a huge amount but it’s the equivalent weight of a fully-grown poodle!


Construction waste

Construction waste can be defined as anything generated as a result of construction and then abandoned, regardless of whether it has been processed or stockpiled. It includes surplus materials from site clearance, excavation, construction, refurbishment, renovation, demolition and road works. Some of these materials can contain lead, asbestos or other hazardous substances, but others can be recycled. Below is a guide about what you should be recycling and reusing:


  • Wood waste can be shredded to create fibre and chip board as long as it is uncontaminated
  • Concrete and tarmac can be treated to create high quality aggregates
  • Plastic can be recycled if they are segregated to avoid contamination.
  • Excavated material and rubble can be crushed and reused
  • Drainage arisings can be used in engineering fill/landscaping
  • Leftover Paint can be mixed and used as undercoat
  • Return, sell or donate unused and salvaged materials


The world of waste management can be a confusing one, but AMA’s team of dedicated, knowledgable staff are here to help. We are ready to clear your site, whether large or small, of all waste, and will dispose of everything we collect in the most responsible manner. Our team has extensive experience of working with a variety of customers to ensure that their expectations are always met and frequently exceeded.


Why not call us today on 0845 4638 437 to learn more about skip hire and site clearances that we can carry out, or to arrange a visit from our expert team?





The AMA Spring Cleaning Guide

April 7th, 2015

Winter is over, the frosts are melting and the leaves are on the trees – or at least, that’s what’s supposed to be happening.

Whether the weather pulls through or not, it’s nearly Easter, which mean’s its time to throw open the windows, let a spring breeze blow away the winter cobwebs and to set about some spring cleaning.

From tidying the garden and clearing out the shed, to painting a bedroom or refurbishing the house, spring cleaning comes in all shapes and sizes – but whatever you’ve got planned, there’s sure to be some post-Christmas clutter needs shifting.

So, grab the bin bags, pick up your paintbrush and follow AMA’s guide to spring cleaning.


Your To-Do List

If you’re like us, you’ve got a long list of tasks that you want, or more likely need, to get done. But with the spring air in your lungs and brighter evenings on the horizon, who really wants to be stuck inside cleaning? Here’s our short list of the key jobs you can get done quickly, so we can all get back to enjoying spring:



  • Cleaning windows – Start small and easy with a bit of gentle window cleaning (exciting, we know) With just a little elbow grease, and a dash of help from a window cleaner, your windows, doors and frames will soon be the envy of the neighbourhood, and will let in just a little bit more of that morning sunshine.
  • Carpets – Another one for the whole house – although it’s hard, hands and knees type work, cleaning your carpets can have a very noticeable effect. Dirt, dust, food and all sorts of stains build up on your floors over time, and giving them a thorough clean can do your home the world of good. Many shops rent out carpet cleaning machines, which can be a relatively cheap way of getting the job done quickly.
  • Furniture – You probably, hopefully, do a bit of dusting all year round, but spring is the perfect opportunity to really knock the cobwebs from your house. Rearranging furniture, or buying new items, can also help to quickly give your home a new look in time for spring.
  • Paint – Both inside and outside, cracking open a pot of paint is a surefire way of giving your home a fresh new look for the new year. From decorating a bedroom or bathroom to painting the front of your house or recoating the fence, a dash of paint is an important part of the spring refresh.
  • Garden – Speaking of your garden fence, gardens in general often go neglected over the winter months (it is pretty cold out there, after all), and spring is the perfect opportunity to spruce things up. Mowing the lawn, trimming the trees and pruning the plants will make your garden into somewhere enjoyable to sit out in the springtime air. Remember to clear out all the leaves and moss from your gutters too whilst you’re out there!

Your annual spring clean is also the perfect time to check all of the alarms in your home. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors, burglar alarms and any other devices too as you go around the house to help keep your family safe.


Removing The Rubbish

shutterstock_94554349Spring cleaning, especially if done thoroughly, can produce a lot of waste. At a time when local councils are more prohibitive than ever about what they can accept during waste collection, it can be a struggle to dispose of all of your household waste.

Skip hire is one of the simplest ways of clearing away spring cleaning waste. Forget multiple expensive trips to the local dump and falling foul of council regulations, by booking a skip you can clear out your whole house in one go, and have it taken away by us on the same day. Plus with our next day service and nationwide delivery, we can even cater to cleaning at short notice.

Furniture big and small, garden waste and general household clutter can all be disposed of in a skip – the only real limits are on hazardous chemicals. Check out one of our previous blog posts to find out exactly what can and can’t be put into a skip or call 0845 4638 437 to speak to our team.

How much waste do Easter eggs produce?

April 3rd, 2015

This Easter, as children and adults around the UK excitedly tear open and eat their Easter eggs, perhaps the last thing on their minds will be how much waste they’re producing. With over 90million eggs being sold each year in the UK, business is booming for big chocolate companies, but until very recently the environment was paying a heavy price for all of our indulgence.

shutterstock_175742303The peak of Easter egg wastefulness was back around 2009-2012, and at the time it was estimated that a mere 38% of what consumers bought was egg, the rest was packaging. A staggering 3,000 tonnes of waste was produced each year just by Easter egg packaging, but consumers, businesses and the government managed to bring about a change in the way we buy chocolate.


Cutting Easter Egg Waste

In 2008, the polling think-tank Ipsos MORI ran a public poll around what people thought about packaging – whether there was too much of it around, how difficult they found it to dispose of, etc.

Surprisingly, Easter eggs were ranked top by consumers of the most over-packaged food, with 59% saying so, and the poll also revealed that, even then, recycling was an important consideration for many. With the numbers highlighting the concerns of the public, and the rising trend of recycling and ‘green’ business, companies were finally pushed to cut down on the extravagance of Easter egg packaging.

A few years on, and the waste around Easter eggs is now far less than it was five years ago, and even the most expensive eggs on the high street are now more likely to come in standard cardboard boxes than the hard plastic cases that they used to.shutterstock_129505022

When the changes were first announced, Nestlé made its packaging 100% recyclable, with many other big brands following suit, whilst all the major companies have made reductions of up to 50%. What packaging remains on the eggs is now usually widely recyclable too, making the holiday even greener.


How To Be Green This Easter

Even with the reduction in packaging around Easter eggs, it’s still easy to end up with a big pile of boxes and plastic – especially so for families with children.

To help deal with the extra waste at Easter, many supermarkets now have special bins in their stores that accept Easter egg packaging, guaranteeing that it will be recycled. This is especially useful as many local council’s bin collection services are disrupted at Easter due to bank holidays, which can leave household bins overflowing.

As most of us have recycling bins at home now, there’s no excuse not to recycle all of your Easter waste – even if the local supermarket doesn’t accept it. For those of you who are really overindulging this year, or just looking to do a little spring cleaning and house clearance at the same time, AMA’s skip hire services can lend a helping hand.


Starting a Construction Company

April 1st, 2015

If you’ve ever thought about starting a construction company, we understand that turning your dream into reality can be tough. We’ve learnt some important lessons about business since we set up AMA, and wanted to share them with our readers.

AMA Skip Hire has created a guide about how to start a building company, including important information about all parts of your business. The AMA Guide to Starting a Construction Company includes:

  • Tips on writing your business plan
  • The construction regulations you’ll need to know
  • The benefits of joining the CCS
  • Finding a base for your business
  • Waste management options for businesses.

You can find the guide to starting a construction company here.

AMA specialise in prompt and professional skip hire for both commercial and domestic customers. We offer a variety of skip sizes for hire across the UK, as well as other waste management options. Whether yours is a new or established business, AMA can help with your skip hire needs today.

Give us a call on 01733 860 690 or visit for our full range of options.

Starting A Construction Company

Business waste made easy

March 6th, 2015

Waste management for businesses can seem like a minefield at times. Trying to comply with industry regulations, be environmentally friendly and choose an affordable waste management option is time-consuming.

Here at AMA Waste we wanted to make businesses aware that disposing of rubbish doesn’t have to be complicated. We’ve made a simple flow chart to demonstrate how easy it is to use our services for hazardous, construction, garden and general domestic waste.




Don’t worry if your waste doesn’t fit into one of the four categories at the top. Either pick the one most similar to your industry material, or get in touch with our knowledgable team of waste management experts who will be able to recommend a solution for your business.

We recycle over 80% of waste found in skips so you can be sure that your waste management programme is environmentally friendly. Check out the full range of services we offer, such as skip hire, hazardous waste removal and container hire, or fill in a contact form at Alternatively, give us a call on 0845 4757 934 and we’ll be able to give you advice on the service that suits your needs.


The easy way to plan your waste management project

February 24th, 2015

Starting a new project can be daunting. Clearing a site, renovating a house or clearing out your office is a big task, and waste management is a large part of any project, especially if you want to dispose of any rubbish responsibly. You might find yourself asking: What size skip do I need? Where can I keep it? What help can I get?

Luckily AMA has made it simple to figure out what services you’ll need with a handy flow chart.

How Much Waste Do You Have?


We offer skip hire, ‘man in a van’ and a variety of waste management services right across the UK and with our next-day service we can be there, on-site, to help with any problems. We are proud to say that we recycle 80% of the waste found in our skips, so not only will you be getting a job done efficiently, you’ll be helping the environment too!

If you’ve still got some questions then give our friendly team of waste experts a call and they’ll be able to give you advice on which service suits your needs. To find out more about all the waste management options AMA has to offer, including skip hire, call us today on 0845 4757 934 or complete a contact form on our website.



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year From AMA

December 24th, 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year From AMA

Another year has come and gone, and haven’t these past 12 months just flown by? It seems only yesterday we were wishing you all a merry Christmas and handing out tips for a New Year house clearance, but now it’s time to hang the stockings, decorate the tree and to do it all over again.

We’ve had a fun year here at AMA, packed with all the waste management and skip hire we could ever want, with some exciting events throughout as well. Like millions of other football fans we loved this year’s World Cup and showed you all sorts of interesting facts and figures about it too, we’ve brought you research on how much waste music festivals produce, tips on eco-homes, under-construction skyscrapers, building site clearance and so much more.

In fact, it’s been such a busy year that it feels almost like we’ve outdone ourselves, and that we might not be able to keep it up for another 12 months– but we’re sure we’ll manage. We’ve got plenty lined up for the new year, including a whole raft of seasonal tips, summer holiday plans and even a look at the upcoming Rugby World Cup – lots for you to look forward to.


Preparing For The Christmas Cleanup

Of course, despite being the holiday and party season, we can’t hang up our brooms, shovels, skips and trailers just yet. Both Christmas and New Years Eve produce a huge amount of waste, from presents and party waste to Christmas trees and new year home renovation, and all that needs to be collected by someone.

Whether you’re planning your work’s party or having the family round for Christmas lunch, hosting the NYE party to end all parties or staying in to save money for next-year’s big DIY project, don’t forget to give AMA a call to help you clear away the post-festivity mess. From skip hire for the big jobs to man-in-a-van waste collection and even portable toilet hire for the biggest of New Year’s soirées, AMA has services to help whatever the season brings.

Whatever your plans this holiday season, all of us here at AMA wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

See you in 2015!

AMA are CIWM affiliated

October 21st, 2014

All of us here at AMA are proud to announce we have become an affiliated organisation of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM). Membership of the CIWM is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved with AMA, and the continued efforts of everyone we work with to keep managing waste responsibly.

Customers have a wide choice of waste management options open to them across the UK, but by choosing CIWM approved businesses such as AMA they can be sure of reliable, trustworthy staff as well as efficient and responsible processes. Becoming involved with the CIWM has only been made possible by the dedication of all our staff and everyone we work with, as well as all of our customers – pushing us onwards by demanding the very best service every time we clock in.

What does the CIWM do?

The vision of the CIWM is “A world where: resources are kept working, waste is put back to work and residues are carefully disposed of.” and that is exactly what we at AMA have always set out to achieve. All of the services that we offer are environmentally friendly and professionally staffed – helping with all your waste management needs in a responsible and renewable way, and CIWM membership only emphasises our commitment to this. Representing over 7,000 waste management companies and authorities across the UK, CIWM provides training and expertise to the industry, as well as running conferences and exhibitions to help improve practices. The Chartered Institute of Wastes Management helps to keep businesses within the sector up to speed on all the latest developments. They also set industry standards and guidelines to help keep work consistent and perceptions of the industry high – with out membership going to show how we meet all their standards.

The Future With AMA

The CIWM states that affiliate organisations should support its aims and objectives, and AMA is committed to doing so long into the future. Going forward we will to maintain our fantastic 80% recycling rate for all waste we handle, and will continue to look for ways to improve on that even further. By continuing to grow too, we can help even more customers than before – saving even more waste from going to landfill and helping to improve our environment for the better – there aren’t many businesses can say that. To get more information on everything we offer here at AMA, plus all the benefits to our CIWM affiliated services, be sure to browse our site fully or call 0845 4638 437 to speak to our team.

The Complete Guide To Skip Hire

September 16th, 2014

Sometimes, despite the best efforts of everyone at AMA Skip Hire, the world of skip hire and waste management can be a slightly confusing one.

With so many varieties and sizes of skip available, from 6-yard skip hire to 40-yard monsters, a host of rules, regulations and permits to follow, and a massive range of other waste management options to choose from – it can sometimes be tricky to know exactly what you need.

The Complete Guide To Skip Hire

The Complete Guide To Skip Hire

Thankfully, AMA has put together this handy PDF guide to all things skip hire – perfect for answering any questions or worries you might have about your project. Inside you’ll find all you need to know about hiring a skip, from what size you need and how to fill one, through to permits and siting regulations.

The AMA skip hire guide has been designed to help everyone, from local contractors and national businesses, to private individuals and event organisers. Whatever your skip and waste needs, wherever you are in the UK, AMA can help – and this guide will give you a handy insight into everything we do, how we do it and how it will help you.

View our skip hire guide.

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If you have any questions about anything you read in our guide, or if you need any more information on what we offer at AMA, please get in touch by calling 0845 463 8437 or filling in an email form on the contact page.


The Modern Approach to Reducing Fly Tipping

September 1st, 2014

Picture the scene; it’s dark and you’re in your car or van by the local woods, no streetlights and nobody around. You’ve got a load of rubbish but the tip is shut and you can’t go tomorrow as you’ve got an early start. You consider dumping it thinking that nobody will ever know. Or will they?

Fly tipping in the UK has been an on-going problem for many years, though the scale and nature does vary greatly. Whilst the number of fly-tipping cases is slowly falling, the cost of clearance of fly tipping to Local Authorities in England in 2012/13 was £36.4 million*.

the modern approach to reducing fly tipping

Thanks to modern technology and an increase in sting operations, local councils have an increased armoury with which to tackle fly tipping.  GPS mapping, SmartWater, forensics and cutting edge technology all now play a part in the fight against illegal waste dumping.


SmartWater has been around for years, they’re best know for their Forensic Spray System which sprays intruders with an invisible liquid that can only be seen under UV light. Last year however they were instrumental in catching the owner of a waste carrier business who dumped large quantities of rubbish in country lanes and on farmland. SmartWater had marked the waste enabling the police to prosecute and gain a conviction.


The most recent innovation is FlyMapper. This new smartphone app allows Council waste officers to record, photograph, and plot fly tipping incidents onto a GPS mapping system in real time. This allows them to pinpoint hot spots for fly tipping and formulate plans to deal with the problem.

This can range from blocking access to installing CCTV or utilising aerial surveillance but essentially, it will allow the authorities to be more strategic in distributing resources. Plymouth and Reading councils already use apps for locals to report crimes, but FlyMapper could help provide evidence in prosecution cases.

Whilst there’s a long way to go before we eradicate fly tipping, these modern tools are making it harder for criminals to escape unpunished. At AMA, we are Environment Agency approved waste carriers, which means we recycle as much waste as possible before disposing of the rest in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner.

*In 2012/13, there were 711,000 reported cases of fly tipping in England. There were over 2,200 prosecutions


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